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Celebrating Vacation - Part I 
Aug. 22, 2013 9:18 am 
Updated: Aug. 24, 2013 2:41 pm

My husband and I recently went on vacation to Oregon and California. We wanted to drive down the coast and see the beauty there is to see in these two states. We flew into Portland and then drove toward Cannon Beach. We stopped for dinner at Camp 18, a huge log-cabin style restaurant, a reminder of the logging days. We had a delicious dinner and for dessert had marionberry cobbler, a first for us, but we soon realized it's our blackberry cobbler. After eating we drove on in to Cannon Beach, where we saw the town and the famous "haystack." Now, we had never seen boulders in the ocean, let alone huge ones. So the Oregon coastline really impressed us. We pulled off at every vista point to ooh and aah and take pictures. We traveled on down the coast to Tillamook, where we spent the night. 

We decided to view a cheese factory at Tillamook. Since my husband is in the manufacturing business, he found the whole process fascinating while I enjoyed the cheese tasting :)

We traveled on down the coast for the next couple of days and saw more beautiful boulders in the water, lighthouses, muirres, sand dunes, bridges, and a happy surprise - sea lions!

Our last day in Oregon was one of the best! We met up with our very own allrecipes pelicangal. We had a lovely visit for about 1 1/2 hours. 

My husband and I had never been to Oregon, but we found it to be beautiful! The flowers even seemed more alive and colorful there. I found myself taking photos of "weeds" just because they were so pretty! And more photos of rocks in the ocean too :)

Our next leg of the trip was California and two more AR friends. Part II coming next week.

Aug. 22, 2013 9:27 am
Hi Paula, what a wonderful trip. The pictures are just beautiful. I sure would've loved to see that cheese factory. I'd still be there. Oregon looks amazing. Like to visit someday. Looking forward to part II. It was nice that you were able to meet up with pelicangal. You're right, the flowers do look even more alive there and your pics do them justice. Thank you.
Aug. 22, 2013 9:35 am
I love road trips and yours looks fantastic. The oregon coast is beautiful. I've driven the california coast lots of times but only been to oregon a couple times. I'd love to see that cheese factory too! Beautiful pictures you took. Can't wait for part two! Enjoy the rest of your trip :)
Aug. 22, 2013 9:36 am
Rosebud, by August our flowers here in the South are droopy and faded by the sun so badly. The flowers in cool Oregon were just beautiful and so vibrant in color. Thanks for stopping by.
Aug. 22, 2013 9:45 am
Missy Kitty, yes, that cheese factory was fun...and amazing. I found this out - "More than 1.7 million pounds of milk arrive at the plant every day. Approximately 167,000 pounds of cheese are made each day."
Aug. 22, 2013 9:53 am
Wow that's alot of cheese! I use alot of cheddar and I always buy tillamook. It's the best I can find at the regular super market here in northern California. I always get the sharp. Maybe one day we will go there.
Aug. 22, 2013 10:13 am
Missy Kitty - We found out that Tillamook cheese is the #2 cheese in the U.S. I had never heard of it till this trip. I keep intending to research what the #1 cheese is. Kraft maybe?
Aug. 22, 2013 10:32 am
Awesome pictures Paula! You really captured the beauty of the Oregon coast. I am so glad you got to visit with Pelicangal. Those visits are so special. Thanks for sharing with us. I can't wait for part 2.
Aug. 22, 2013 10:44 am
Wow, number two cheese in the U.S. I hope Kraft isn't number one, tillamook is so much better. Now I need to find out!
Aug. 22, 2013 10:48 am
Baking Nana - Thanks for letting me know to even get in touch with Pelicangal. I heard there were others I could have seen but just didn't realize it. Hard to understand, but it seems as though we have known each other "for real," not just on-line.
Aug. 22, 2013 11:28 am
Great blog, great photos. Can't wait to see the California photos and who you met there.
Aug. 22, 2013 11:31 am
What a wonderful vacation--beautiful scenery, fabulous peeps--I'm ooh-ing and aah-ing over here! Tillamook cheese is one of my favorites. Can't wait for the rest of the story!
Aug. 22, 2013 11:32 am
Oh My Goodness Paula. I so wish I had known you were coming to Oregon. We could have met up with some of the other AR Peeps. However, I do know how it is. So much to do and so little time. Next time you come to Oregon, please let me know. We'll have us a grand ole' time. And, yes... Oregon is so very beautiful. Everywhere you go, you can't help but notice the beauty of the nature we live in. So happy you had the opportunity to see for yourself why we Oregonians love it here! And, ecstatic you could hook up with Pelicangal!
Aug. 22, 2013 11:41 am
Paula: Isn't Oregon beautiful? Several years ago, we took a family vacation that consisted of driving every mile of the Oregon coast. It was the first time my children had seen the ocean, which seems kinda silly when I live in a coastal state. Did you sample some Tillamook ice cream? Glad you had a great visit with pelicangal.
Aug. 22, 2013 11:45 am
bd.weld - Ha! I bet you can't wait.
Aug. 22, 2013 11:46 am
Bibi - How could I not know about Tillamook cheese? I really have never seen it in stores around here.
Aug. 22, 2013 11:49 am
Candice - I had no idea you lived in Oregon! Wouldn't it have been great to see even more AR peeps?! Guess you'll just have to come visit Graceland so I can meet you!
Aug. 22, 2013 11:52 am
bikerfamily, we thoroughly enjoyed driving the coast. And I didn't have any of the Tillamook ice cream. But if it's as good as the cheese...
Aug. 22, 2013 12:01 pm
Looks like you have some great memories!
Aug. 22, 2013 12:23 pm
Last visited Oregon 2 years ago, and I have some of the same pictures as you. My third trip to Oregon, I think I've seen all of the state now, and I just never tire of it. Love the mountains, love the coast, love the sand dunes, just LOVE all of it (except the non-summer weather). Hope you had a blast!
Aug. 22, 2013 1:46 pm
If they could just figure out how to have a warm summer, I would move there. It is a beautiful place. How nice that you were able to meet up with pelican gal.
Aug. 22, 2013 3:19 pm
sueb - Yes, we made some wonderful memories! So enjoyable, especially getting my husband away from work. He was so much more relaxed.
Aug. 22, 2013 3:21 pm
lutzflcat - Wow, how great to have covered the entire state! Semigourmet suggested I visit Multnomah (sp?) Falls. I checked out the attached website and they look gorgeous.
Aug. 22, 2013 3:22 pm
BigShotsMom - Yes, it was quite cool in August, especially over on the coast. I could easily get used to no high temps and even higher humidity, but not so sure I could stand really cold winters.
Aug. 22, 2013 3:26 pm
Paula, I love your photos! Isn't Oregon just some wonderful state? Of course, you do have to deal with weather there! Rain, specifically. I loved the Tillamook photos. My 5 year old granddaughter will always ask for Tillamook sharp Cheddar in almost the first five minutes she is here! Thanks for showing us your trip thus far!
Aug. 22, 2013 3:51 pm
Sorry it took me so long to find your blog Paula. So glad that you had a good time here in Oregon. I am so happy that I got to meet you and your hubby. Really enjoyed it. I look forward to your next trip.
Aug. 22, 2013 5:28 pm
Beautiful! Can't wait to see part II next week. I can only hope that some day I have the opportunity to meet some of my fellow Allrecipeeps!
Aug. 22, 2013 6:25 pm
Marianne, we tasted the sharp cheddar and LOVED it! I sure wish I could get it here.
Aug. 22, 2013 6:25 pm
Pelicangal - I loved our hour and a half that we just chit chatted. Thank you for taking the time to meet with me.
Aug. 22, 2013 6:28 pm
KIMSCOOKINGNOW - Plan to take a vacation to Memphis to see Elvis's home Graceland. I've heard it's the #1 attraction in the US. Probably depends on who you ask. But let me know and I'll definitely meet you.
Aug. 22, 2013 9:01 pm
Paula, Costco used to carry the bigger loaves of the sharp Cheddar, but now they are carrying either the extra sharp or the mild, and neither one is quite as good as the sharp. I need to find out what the deal is about that!
Aug. 23, 2013 4:16 am
Paula, lovely photos, wonderful read. Thank you for sharing. Very nice you got to spend time with Pelicangal.
Aug. 23, 2013 6:07 am
We took a very similar trip this summer! We went to Cannon beach (stayed in Rockaway Beach), went to the cheese factory and ate cheese and ice cream too! We flew into Seattle--went to Portland, ate at food trucks, then went up the coast, stopping at zoos and such with the kids--we are from North Dakota so it was all new to us. Glad you enjoyed it also.
Aug. 23, 2013 6:23 am
Paula, what a great time you had. I have never been to Oregon. Tillamook cheese is very common in the stores I shop. I buy the cheese and eat chunks of eat for a snack. I think it is a better tasting cheese than some of the other brand names.
Aug. 23, 2013 8:20 am
Thanks for sharing your trip with us, Paula. It sure took me back to memory lane when I was a teenager. Our family traveled in a motor-home along the coast. I remember taking a tour of the Tillamook factory. Several years ago, hubs and I were through there and it had been flooded out. It's an amazing place, and I'm sure quite updated since I was there. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos. Sounds like you had a great time!
Aug. 23, 2013 3:13 pm
Oh Paula, what a fine vacation you and hubbie had in Oregon! Our AR friends are just the BEST! I too LOVE the Oregonian coast so much so that I had planned on retiring to the coast and spend my days playing the piano and staring out the window at the powerful and beautiful coastline and then I met my fabulous husband, the grandbabies came and I'm still a mountaineer. Now we have Candice and hubbie Orange and pelicangal to visit in Oregon! Happy travels, Paula!
Aug. 24, 2013 2:31 pm
Thank you, manella. I sure did enjoy my time with pelicangal.
Aug. 24, 2013 2:32 pm
COOKINWIFEANDMOM - I love the idea of eating from the food trucks. I hear they are really good. We'll have to do that!
Aug. 24, 2013 2:33 pm
Lela - I totally agree that Tillamook cheese is better than many other brands. I loved every kind I tried.
Aug. 24, 2013 2:36 pm
Cookin'Cyn - My mother and daddy traveled the coast in a motorhome quite a few years back, and she had told me how beautiful it was. So we knew we were in for a real treat!
Aug. 24, 2013 2:41 pm
Cathy Myers - Since I play the piano too, I know exactly why you would want to retire and spend all your time playing and staring out the window at that gorgeous coastline!
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